IPB News Update Natural and Health February 2022

More than 5000 IPB University Employees Have Received COVID-19 Booster Shots

IPB University has held a mass vaccination program for more than 5000 employees specifically for COVID-19 booster vaccinations. The type of vaccine shot was Astrazeneca as provided by the Indonesian government. The program was open for all employees of IPB University without discrimination of employee status.

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More than 5000 of IPB University employees have gotten their COVID-19 vaccination booster shots. The mass vaccination program was done to increase the immunity of IPB University employees against the COVID-19 virus.

The Head of IPB University’s Health Unit, dr. Titik Nurhayati, explained that at the vaccination was provided for all IPB University employees without discrimination of their employment status. This includes employees who are civil servants, permanent non-civil servants, contract employees, as well as freelancers.  The vaccination process was divided into two based on location: employees in Bogor City (held on January 25-26, 2022), and employees in Bogor Regency (held on February 2-3, 2022).

Doctor of IPB University Clinic, dr Naufal Muharam Nurdin, MSi, explained that the vaccination dose for boosters is half of the first or second vaccination dose. Since the only type of available vaccine was Astrazeneca, only those who have received the Sinovac/Biofarma vaccine for their first and second dose were eligible to receive the shots in this period, in accordance with government regulations. dr Naufal suggested adequate rest and breakfast prior to receiving the shots, as well as to avoid heavy activities and travelling out of town after vaccination. He continued to explain that the vaccine booster tends to cause side effects more than the first and second doses. Common side effects include fever, headache, and sore muscles which often appears 24 hours post-vaccination and usually lasts up to 3 days. He explained that side effects are normal and indicates that the body is responding to the vaccine and strengthening the immune system. To lessen side effects, adequate rest and at least 2 liters of water intake per day is recommended. Paracetamol could also be taken to treat fever and headaches. This program shows IPB University’s strong concern in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping of all IPB University employees with the proper prevention method: vaccination.

Clarias Catfish Oil, IPB University Innovative Health Supplement for the Elderly

Clarias Catfish Oil, innovative health supplement by IPB University researchers, provides solutions for both the health field and Indonesia’s waste management issue. The product contains essential fatty acid omega-3 and omega-9 with a number of benefits, especially in lowering blood cholesterol levels in the elderly.

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As a university which puts high emphasis on innovation, IPB University students and researchers have released a multitude number of products which have been commercialized, on of which is the Clarias Catfish Oil. This fish oil is a product which solves not just issues in the field of health and wellbeing, but also waste management. It was produced with the aim for providing a practical solution for the elderly to suppress the rate of cholesterol production as well as to maintain normal body weight. This innovation was created by IPB University researchers: Prof. Dr. Clara M Kusharto, MSc, Dr. Sugeng Heri Suseno, S.Pi, M.Si, Nunung Cipta Dainy, and Mia Srimiati, S.Gz, M.Si.

The benefits of this product are, among others, its easy to swallow soft gel capsule with a long shelf life, high content of unsaturated fatty acids, essential fatty acid omega-3 and omega-9 which fulfill the necessary daily intake of consumers, contents of monounsaturated fatty acid as many as 32.53% and polyunsaturated fatty acid at 19.76%, as well as its clinically proven benefit to decrease blood triglyceride. A more recent study has also shown that catfish oil with omega-3 soft capsule also improves cognitive function and reduces oxidative stress in the elderly. One of the interesting things about this product is that it is made from side products of catfish that has not been well utilized in Indonesia.

The success of this product in the commercial market would increase the catfish’s economic value and provide a healthy fish oil supplement with high affordability for those in the lower and middle class.

The Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology through the Business Innovation Center (BIC) had awarded the Clarias Catfish Oil as one of the 108 Most Prospective Indonesian Innovations in 2016. The innovation has also been patented.

 

 

 

International Symposium of the Association of Japan and Indonesia Veterinary Education (AJIVE)

As many as 34 IPB University lecturers have participated in the Association of Japan and Indonesia Veterinary Education (AJIVE) international symposium hosted online by Yamaguchi University. AJIVE consists of 16 member institutions from Japan and Indonesia and focuses on collaborations in veterinary research and technology between the two countries.

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The Association of Japan and Indonesia Veterinary Education (AJIVE) has held an International Symposium on February 11th, with 16 current member institutions and 2 candidate institutions attending the event. This year, the event was organized by Yamaguchi University as the host of the 6th AJIVE Symposium. As was done last year, this year’s symposium was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 34 lecturers of IPB University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine were present at this international symposium.

AJIVE was established as a partnership between the Veterinary Medicine Faculties in Indonesia and Japan with the name “AJIVE” officialized in 2018. The focus of AJIVE programs include collaborations in veterinary research and technology between the two countries. The mission of AJIVE is to develop education for international veterinary medical lecturers and researchers, expand programs to the Asian veterinary medical education standard based on the international education system, and increase the upholding of research in the international veterinary education system. These missions were established with the hope that veterinarians could face challenges posed by the scarcity of animal-based protein due to the rapidly growing human population and increase of cross-border zoonotic diseases in Asia.

For the past five years, Indonesian universities have been selected as host institutions of AJIVE’s international symposiums. AJIVE’s first symposium, held in 2017, was hosted by IPB University, followed by Gadjah Mada University in 2018, Airlangga University in 2019, and Udayana University in 2020. The fifth AJIVE Symposium was virtually organized by IPB University due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the present, AJIVE has a total of 11 Member Institutions consisting of 11 Indonesian and 5 Japanese Veterinary Medicine Faculties. This year, there are two more candidate universities which will be joining AJIVE as members: the Cooperative Division of Veterinary Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and the Graduate School of Veterinary Sciences, Iwate University.